December 2, 2022

NPR’s Books We Love 2022

So pretty indeed. Love the cumulative sort feature to boot. / via Ben Werdmuller

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Book covers from 2022

November 30, 2022

Design System Advent Calendar

I trust whatever insight Dan Mall shares about Design Systems will be actionable and extremely valuable. (I also dig this format as it seems like it won’t be overwhelming!)

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Design System Advent Calendar with sample emails mocked up in a mobile phone

Kazam Magazine

Speaking the Eames Institute, they have a (virtual) magazine to share stories about people, projects, and ideas that are shaping a better tomorrow. I kinda wish it was a real magazine, had an RSS feed or both!

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Hands screen print an abstract print with orange and blue rectangles

Jim Stoten’s sketchbook

Jim once thought about his sketchbook as an enjoyable way to waste time. I’m glad the Eames Institute sponsored this video which was an enjoyable way to get inspired. More goodness on Jim’s website.

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Photo illustration of Jim Stoten with drawings of horses and fruits and abstract shapes

November 26, 2022

ooh!directory

A fantastic growing directory of personal blogs organized by Phil Gyford. / as seen all over the feeds

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Categories of blogs

November 25, 2022

Why Japan’s internet looks very different

This video by Sabrina Cruz is dense and mind-blowing from multiple angles. (I've been working on Japanese websites of late.) As Andy Baio notes, the addendum is well worth a visit.

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Cloud of website designs organized by style

The work of Dan Zucco

Read this article about delight in product design and enjoyed the illustrations by Dan Zucco. He’s got a class on Domestika that looks quite good.

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3D geometric shapes form a colorful pattern

November 22, 2022

Why keep blogging?

The sentiments here apply to so many different practices. Austin’s thoughts from 2 years ago hold up well. Nice to revisit, thanks to Michael Rill

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A stack of journals next to a typewriter

Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures

Went down a rabbit hole watching and listening to this. / via Drew Daniel

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Metal rods that vibrate and makes sounds

James Turrell at the Catskill Art Space

This installation seems very much like his work in Naoshima, Japan (a favorite of all time). Bucket listing to go here. Bonus: Great photos by Noah Kalina in the article.

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Dim room with glowing blue rectangle

November 21, 2022

Juicy Marbles

Plant-based, marbleized meats and a _very_ hip website. Pricey, but whoa, advances in food technology! / via Uncrate

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Juicy Marbles

Kristy Sellars on America’s Got Talent

She's billed as a pole dancer, but it's more than that. And her performance transcends the annoying way this television show is edited.

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A woman on stage at the beginning of a pole dance

Just say no to logo

An appeal for a better design vocabulary from a favorite professor from OSU, Paul Nini. Get to know the difference between a logo, brandmark and then some. / Thanks DJ!

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Parts of a logo include logotype, brandmark and signature.

November 18, 2022

52 Clutter Free Gifts

Kathryn texted this list and I found Becoming Minimalist have expanded it to 99 ideas. But I like the easily digestible image version for starters.

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A list of 52 clutter free gifts that include experiences, consumables, classes, memberships and gifting your time

November 17, 2022

The Library of Congress: Dietmar Winkler

Reminding myself of the trove that is the Library of Congress site, thanks to Antonio of AisleOne.

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Screen grab of Library of Congress website with search results for Dietmar Winkler

November 15, 2022

Yuni Yoshida’s promo for エルピス

Those aren't glitches, those are stacks of books, pads of paper and writing instruments. Think that's neat? Enjoy lots more of their work.

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Poster for television program with three characters framed by what appears to be digital glitches but are physical items

November 2, 2022

More AI, this time, step by step instructions

On how to train and develop prompts for impressive outputs of illustrated portraits of a person. Sidenote: Matt Haughey has been doubling down on posting short and longform content on his blog. So. Good.

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AI illustration of Matt Haughey

From real to animated AR

Yup, more with the AI stuff. This particular thread by Sergei Galkin details the steps to transfer a physical toy to the digital world in very short order.

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Creating an animated digital character from a physical toy

Invasive Diffusion

Andy Baio goes deep on the state of images generated from AI along with the ethical (and legal) debates. An excellent long read.

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Portraits of Andy Baio generated in popular illustration styles

The Soundburger is back

We celebrated this portable record player back in the day. And now it's back and with Bluetooth to boot! / via Tom

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A very portable record player

The Creative Switch

Ralph Hammer suggests changing your mood space to create options. Couldn’t hurt eh?

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A gray scribble swirls around a figure in a cloud of uncertainty

October 28, 2022

An open source pride symbol

Microsoft creates a blend of pride flags and though it breaks the rules of traditional flags that rely on simplicity, I'm kinda digging it. Available on Github and Figma for use and remixing. / via dezeen

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New pride flag that mixes together lots of other pride flags in vortex of stripes

October 27, 2022

Performant Mental Health

Five-part series designed to ignite greater awareness of mental health issues at home and at work by Suzanne Moll and Eddie Brouse, edited by Cameron Moll

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Icon of head with check engine light icon

October 24, 2022

Cincinnati’s first chili parlor

Dann Woellert explores the history of this local dish on its 100th anniversary.

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Photograph of an Empress Chili Parlour in downtown Cincinnati

October 23, 2022

Music Mini Player

A replica of the classic iTunes MiniPlayer to control Apple Music on modern macOS. Functioning nostalgia! / hat tip to Riccardo

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Retro Mac music controller app that looks like the initial OSX interface style

Jeff Goldblum quotes George Bernard Shaw

If you prefer not to watch video in a tweet, here’s the quote in text.

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Jeff Goldblum holds up a finger as he recites a quote as a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert

October 21, 2022

Lotte Chair by Sarah Hossli

Simple design to help folks get in and out of the chair. / via Dezeen

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A woman sits happily in a chair with high sturdy arms that aid in transitioning from seated to standing

October 19, 2022

Generosity is our currency

An inside look at Creative Mornings, with oodles of excellent photos to flush out the story. Speaking of which, featured image by Tory Williams.

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A group of folks hold up signs of encouragement

October 18, 2022

I worry about the things I love…

"and the ways of doing and being that I love, becoming old-fashioned or whatever. But there’s two sides to everything. The crazier the world gets, the more there’s people looking for ways to make it not so crazy. I’ve put my foot in the camp of the people who are trying to make the world less crazy" - John Porcellino / via Brandon Schaefer

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Drawing of a man in distress with glasses and a five o'clock shadow

October 17, 2022

It’s none of your business.

"You’ve created something – a drawing, a layout, a video, a piece of code, or a blog post – and after you’re more or less done, you pause and you look at it. And you don’t like it." Mattias Ott bridges this thinking with wisdom from Lynda Barry

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Lynda Barry sits at her desk to draw.

October 13, 2022

Do it poorly

Motivation in the thread.

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Two post-its on top of a computer monitor that read "HALF-ASS IT" and "DO IT POORLY"

October 11, 2022

Nothing great is made alone

Wonderful work from Collins sharing the Figma story. Bonus? Reading the "+ Project Information" backstory to get a sense of the journey.

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Nothing great is made alone

October 7, 2022

js13kGames 2022 winners

I've played four of these games that fall under 13kB or less of JavaScript (that's small) and each one was quite enjoyable! / via sidebar

github.blog

A bit mapped video game with characters variegating a 2d landscape

Explaining how Stable Diffusion works

I've a better understanding of AI image generation thanks to Jay Alammar.

jalammar.github.io

Diagram showing input and output of stable diffusion AI image generation from text. In this instance, "paradise cosmic beach" is the input with an illustration approximating such is the output

Kyoto EP

Simon Collison’s Site Nonsite journey continues with a second EP. Two songs streaming now. More records should have release notes for each track like Simon has provided (scroll down).

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Cover for the EP titled "Kyoto" by Site Nonsite featuring a green duotone image in the background and a color photograph of a person holding a bright umbrella facing away from the camera

Robtober 22

If you're looking for horror movies to get psyched up for Halloween, Rob has a list. Check them out, his life depends on it.

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Robtober 2022 graphic with ransom note typography and blood splatters

October 6, 2022

The Doodle House

Mr. Doodle's project over the last few years is quite impressive. Dedication and consistency FTW.

pikemall.tech

A man in a white suit covered in thick black lines of doodles stands on the steps of a white house interior, also covered in thick black lines of doodles

October 5, 2022

Siegfried & Joy

I laughed, out loud... and then watched this video more times than I wanted to count. Their 'gram is chock full of more laughs. / thanks Ben

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Two magicians in fabulous fake tiger fur coats and sunglasses hold up a gold piece of fabric for a magic trick

October 4, 2022

PodMod

I have the sudden urge to modify an old iPod with an SD card.

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hand holding a modified iPod with clear case

October 3, 2022

Meet the Artist: Noah Kalina

I've long admired Noah's work (and newsletter) but never listened to his podcast. (I'm visual, not auditory.) But it was nice to see/hear him talk about photography in this Samsung Frame thingy.

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a man holds a camera in the woods

September 29, 2022

Teenage Engineering Record Factory

Compact and portable record cutter that allows you to create your own 5” vinyl records and playback in lo-fi sound. WHOA + NEATO! / via Tom

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A record cutting machine brightly colored with orange and white plastic

September 27, 2022

Scenes From Imagined Films

Jordan Bolton wrote a screenplay but couldn't get the resources to produce it. Now he makes comics with grounded emotion. Oodles more on his Instagram.

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A four panel comic showing a rose come to bloom with text that reads "The more I look for beauty. The more I find it. The more I share it. The more it grows."

September 25, 2022

The angle and rotation speed of the planets

Someone remixed Dr James O'Donoghue's animation with faces. This makes science concepts easy to grok.

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Animations of the planets speed and angle of rotation with cartoon faces drawn on each planet

Relight

Change lighting of photos with AI. It's free, so there's all that comes with that. But it's also pretty dang good.

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A man holds his cat and three colored dots indicate changing the lighting

September 21, 2022

Record grooves

Had I never seen these before? I have no idea, but they're neato.

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Microscopic view of a record player needle in the grooves of a vinyl record. The grooves look a bit like a canyon.

September 17, 2022

Small Seasons

A more fine-grained way of thinking about the year in two week sekki. We're at “Drops of dew on grass” at the moment. More insight from Ross Zurowski / via Rachel

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Dew drops on grass in the morning

Adleradel Boden

My friend Dan posted a photo from this hotel’s restaurant at dinner and I’m adding it to my bucket list

adleradelboden.ch

A classic hotel in the Swiss Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland region

September 14, 2022

Macaulay’s fit checks

Using the new background removal feature in iOS

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A cutout image of a man's different daily outfits on a black background

The new Verge

I quite like how the new Verge logo overlaps and intersects featured images. Their refreshed design and intent is described in this post. Not sure about the commingling Tweets and articles, but I applaud experimenting.

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Screenshot of a feature on The Verge website for an article about the Apple iPhone 14 Pro. The Verge logo is sideways overlapping the colorful image of the phone with a polka dotted background.

September 12, 2022

The Secret to Making Friends as an Adult

Queuing up this podcast based on Chris Coyier's post, “3 Kinds of Loneliness

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Artwork for podcast that arranges the words "THE HAPPINESS LAB" as a smiley face on a yellow background

Take care of your blog

"Your own private domain is the most valuable thing you can own." It's certainly up there! / via Belong

robinrendle.com

Titles to dozens of blog posts running together as sentences. The first one reads "Everything is worthy of your blog."

Meow Wolf Denver

150 artists to created a series of immersive installations made from mostly salvaged material wedged between 3 highways. #bucketlist

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An angular building lit with pink lights framed by the shadows of highways. The base of the building has a neon sign that reads MEOW WOLF

September 7, 2022

Paul Rand’s Logo Presentation Books

A trove of logo concept books from Rand. Many of these identity studies weren't approved. Still great to peruse.

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Spread from a logo presentation for a new Ford logo. A model T in red is part of the composition

September 6, 2022

Linotype & Machinery

Doug Wilson toured the British Linotype factory to see what remains. He brought together history and oodles of photos in his post.

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brick building with the words Linotype and Machinery AD 1897 painted on the facade

Big Blanket

I too find that most blankets never have enough coverage. Filing away for gifts. / via @dansinker

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A dog wrapped in a large gray blanket

September 2, 2022

Guided Breathing for Beginners (11 minutes)

My friend Tom just sent this link and raved saying, "Don't worry if you can't hold your breath the whole time." I just did it and it lowered my heart rate considerably. Can I start every day doing this?

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A graphic representing a breathing exercise

August 31, 2022

The beautiful signage of Comédie-Française

Theater wayfinding inspired by pulleys and ropes which are used to change sets on stage. More photos on CL Design's site

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Two circular signs hanging from the ceiling in a very classic theater connected by a rope of light

August 30, 2022

Visions Not Previously Seen

Barbara “Bobbie” Stauffacher Solomon mixed Swiss graphic design principles with West Coast Pop art stylings, essentially creating supergraphics, and in doing so shaped the history of design. / Revisiting this link for inspiration

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Graphic design by Barbara Stuaffacher. Very minimal geometric shapes and san serif type on a white background

August 26, 2022

Feltright

I've linked to these felt wall tiles before, but I really like the simplicity that Jeff Sheldon employed.

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Beige vertical wall tiles made of felt with items pinned to them

Animated Tour Inside a Fire Engine Truck

It's like a Dorling Kindersley book come to life. Lots more 'Animigraffs' by Jake O'Neal.

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3D animation showing the features of a firetruck